Before the establishment of the wildlife monitoring scheme ……
After the establishment of the wildlife monitoring scheme…
Sellafield have been less than honest about the reasons behind extending the fences out beyond their built up bank and planted woodland.
In 1988 a report produced for government advises “the establishment of wildlife monitoring schemes…to provide an early warning of radionuclide accumulation”
So Sellafield built a bank and planted it with trees: “a roughly L- shaped parcel of land” At the widest point the piece of land is no more than 0.3km wide and in total the enclosed area represents approximately 15 hectares.
Then they fenced it in trapping deer which are- as the recent Deer Initiative report helpfully says :
“excellent bio-indicators and sentinels of environmental contamination.
Because of their extremely rapid and efficient deposition of minerals in
bone, they are recognised as important sources of data in respect of heavy
metal and radioactive isotope accumulation. Given the nature of the
industrial work at Sellafield, the regular sampling of deer bone and liver
tissue might be an attractive prospect for those responsible for
environmental monitoring at the site.”
The report written by the Institute for Terrestrial Ecology from 1988 which recommends “the establishment of wildlife monitoring schemes ..to provide an early warning of radionuclide accumulation”